Hester Prynne In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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1. I empathize with Hester Prynne in the book of The Scarlet Letter. She survives through guilt, hopelessness, and loneliness throughout the novel. Like the letter A that is sown on her bossom, Hester is the symbol of sin in the Puritan society she lives in. Guilt is something everyone can relate to. It is something we all hate but is, sadly, inevitable. As Nathaniel Hawthorne says, “...guilt...once made into the human soul is never, in this mortal state, repaired” (75). Guilt is a never ending reminder. Even if Hester did not have the letter on her, she would of still had the guilt. In the same way, like all human, I know the pain caused by guilt. It is what gives you the urge to build a time machine and travel back to fix…show more content…
Hopelessness is attributed in Chapter 13 as it talks of Hester’s true feelings. She questions herself whether life is worth living, and even talks of how it is better for Pearl to be dead than to live through this earthly life (145). Unlike Hester, I do not feel hopeless in anything. As Hester soon learns later, God is who judges us in the end. As long as I know that there’s someone up there that is really powerful, I know everything is possible. We might feel hopeless during trials, but we learn that there are things to live for. For Hester, Pearl is her symbol of hope. It is her hope that Pearl not make the same mistake as her and for her to live a good example in order to guide her. My hope is in, of course, God because I know he will not disappoint me. Last but not least, I empathize with Hester on loneliness. Hester is lonely because of her shameful act and is looked down by her society. She does not have anyone to help her with Pearl, nor does she have any friends. I was lonely because I came to America and I didn’t know how to interact with Americans. It was difficult for me to sit at lunch without talking
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